Bristol Palin ripped to shreds over misinformed birth control blog
Bristol Palin is up in arms over a story that little girls are getting IUDs in school, and people's glee over mocking her self-righteousness is matched only by the hilarity that the study she quotes has been roundly discredited.
Palin wrote an angry blog post about a Washington State health program called Take Charge that provides no-cost birth control to adults without medical insurance and to underage girls — and boy, does she have a lot to say about it for someone who's in the middle of her second unplanned, unwed pregnancy.
"Do you remember what it was like to be a 10-year-old? I remember being an unabashed tomboy concerned with playing outside and acing fifth grade," she wrote.
"But life isn't so innocent and carefree for some 10 years old in Washington state. This summer a report came out claiming that some schools in Washington were giving free birth control implants to children as young as 10 years old!
"These birth control devices are implanted in a girl's uterus, and all of this can be done without a parent's consent! And now a public records request by Judicial Watch has confirmed the details of what is happening in Washington.
"It is crazy that the government is offering a controversial form of birth control that can have serious lifelong side effects to 10-year-old children, but then to do all of this behind a parent's back is simply outrageous!"
Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but one should probably make sure that opinion is based on fact, not fiction. As it turns out, Palin's argument was completely debunked years ago, and the entire story she is ranting about was discredited.
As pointed out by RawStory, no 10-year-olds received any birth control from the program (although four 11-year-olds did, in a two-year period). But a whopping 2,336 girls between the ages of 16 and 17 received IUDs in the same span of time — the same age Palin was when she got pregnant with her first child.
In addition, her claim that IUDs cause "lifelong side effects" was deemed untrue in 2012 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which approved the device for use in teens.
Twitter users immediately took the opportunity to point out Palin's utter wrongness and the fact that perhaps she could have used some birth control of her own to prevent her two unplanned, unwed pregnancies — one of which occurred when she was still in high school.
Palin has yet to retract her rant, despite the evidence showing it is based on falsehoods.